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Shih Tzu Dog Breed: Characteristic, Personality & Care

by Mohamad Rustam
Shih Tzu Dog

The name Shih Tzu dog derives from the Chinese word for lion, but there is nothing fierce about this dog breed. This pooch is a lover rather than a hunter and has been bred solely to be companions for their people since ancient times. Shih tzus are affectionate, happy house dogs who love following you around wherever you go! They even made themselves comfortable on kings’ laps!

The Shih Tzu breed is endlessly appealing as they are known to be friendly and playful. They don’t hunt, herd or guard which means that this dog’s sole purpose was to become a companion animal. If you choose the Shih Tzu then your life will never be boring because these dogs love meeting new people and making friends with everyone who crosses their path!

There’s a reason the Shih Tzu is known as Buddha’s dog: they have an underbite and their lower jaw juts out slightly further than their upper. According to legend, it was this little pup who saved Gautama Siddhartha from robbers one day when he encountered them on his travels. He transformed into a ferocious lion that chased off the thieves before returning back to its original form – which makes for an interesting tale but also speaks volumes about what breed of animal we’re dealing with here!

Height 9 – 10 inch
Weight 9 – 15 pounds
Kid-Friendly  High
Friendliness  High
Shedding Amount Medium
Playfulness  High
Life span  8 to 10 years
Intelligence  High
Vocalness Medium
Colors White, black, orange, ebony,  gray, silver, brown, cream, beige

Shih Tzu Dog


The Shih Tzu is a sturdy toy breed that weighs anywhere between 9–16 pounds and has 14 color possibilities, including black, black and white, gray and white. They also have three different markings: the Star of Buddha on their forehead which can be found in most specimens.

Shih Tzus have unique smiles because they are born with undershot bites. Their lower jaw is just wider than the upper, so their teeth bite inside each other when closed and hair grows in every direction on its face. Shih Tzus carry themselves proudly due to having royal heritage – companions of Chinese royalty for thousands of years now! Some even go as far as calling them arrogant in how they walk; head held high while tailing curves over back.

Shih Tzus are loving dogs who want nothing more than to be on their owners’ laps. They’re always happiest when they have lavish attention, and will bark at first with new humans but quickly become friends. With how gorgeous they look combined with the “look-at-me!” attitude that makes them so adorable, it’s no wonder everyone wants a companion like this!


The Shih Tzu’s origins are ancient, and steeped in mystery. Recent research revealed that the dog is one of the  14 oldest breeds known today, with bones found dating back to 8,000 B.C. Some believe that they were developed by Tibetan Monks who gifted them to Chinese royal families while others speculate about crossing Lhasa Apsos or Pekingnese dogs into their breed lineages instead.

The Shih Tzu became popular in the Imperial Court after a royal concubine became empress of China. Under her reign, anyone caught torturing palace dogs would be put to death and she had a great love for animals. The Dalai Lama gave Empress Tzu Hsi two magnificent little lion dogs which were reported as sources to imperial palace’s dog breeding programs by eunuchs during her rule

Shih Tzu Dog


 Shih Tzus are known for their perky, cheerful personalities. They’re very lively and friendly dogs who tend to get along well with people of all ages as well as other pets. You rarely find a snippy Shih Tzu but most are sweet creatures that enjoy getting in your lap or going on hikes at the park!

The Shih Tzu is a highly energetic breed that loves to go on walks and play. They do not need or want strenuous exercise each day, but they enjoy it when provided with the opportunity. These dogs are also very intelligent and love learning new tricks! Shih Tzus can compete in obedience classes as well as agility competitions if trained properly by their owner(s).

Although these pooches have short snouts which make breathing difficult for them during extremely hot weather, owners should be cautious of exercising this dog under high temperatures due to its specific health risks (heat stroke). Their long coats require regular grooming sessions twice per month at a minimum; most pet parents prefer clipping off all hair except for an inch-long muzzle since it’s much

A Shih Tzu is a popular breed that requires significant attention daily and thrives on human company. They enjoy training, making them eager to learn tricks; as such they make the center of any crowd. The socialization process with children should begin early in their lives for this small dog but will be happy with those of all ages. One cannot count on these pups guarding your home – they would probably welcome burglars into your house!

Shih Tzu Dog


When it comes to keeping your Shih Tzu’s coat looking its best, beauty is demanding. To prevent tangles, bathe her weekly and brush (and comb) her hair daily starting when she’s a puppy—so she gets used to grooming. Teach your pup to lay on her side while you brush in sections of the fur with a wire brush including flexible pins so you can groom all the way down towards their skin at about one year old or older for fluffy fur into silky strands!

Nails should be trimmed monthly, and their ears need to be checked for dirt, redness, or odor. You’ll have to pluck out any hair that grows inside the ear canal. The face also needs attention as it can get dirty when they eat and tear up easily which causes staining around their eyes due to tears turning rusty hue over time. Clean them by wiping with warm water using a soft cloth occasionally during feeding times or after play sessions until you are used to doing so regularly without issue if not often enough already but only once in a while per month is fine too maybe even just weekly at most unless your Shih Tzu has issues then twice may work better than one preferably every other day though daily works best especially for this breed.

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